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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Jul 28, 2007 7:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Reviews on 1974 DP's ..

31 has a "hard" sound with too much distorted Keith in some tracks and too much drums in others (it's from 3 successive nights), but some grate music including two astonishing Playing's (8-6 is one of my all-time FAVs with very complex rhythms) and an archetypal Eyes.

24 has nicer sound, but still with the Wall of Sound eccentricities. Really nice WRS and CCS>IKYR. Playin>UJB>Dew>UJB>Playin is high quality but not as jaw-dropping as 11-10-73 or 11-17-73, IMO.

Both are worth having. I don't have 7 and 12 only because they aren't HDCD.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 28, 2007 7:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Reviews on 1974 DP's ..

Hey Lou--as you know, I am a die hard 60s nerd, BUT have always thought the few DPs from the 70s had piss poor sound, mixing, etc. Do you think that part of it is what you refer to? To be honest, I don't even know which I have or have heard, with respect to being HDCD, but...?

Would be interested in your take on it...

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Jul 28, 2007 8:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Reviews on 1974 DP's ..

I think the 73 SBDs sound a little muted sometimes, with those annoying strangled vocals from the non-bleeding mics they used. I've never liked the Wall of Sound SBDs from 74, as they sound harsh to me and the bass distorts during Phil bombs. 72 doesn't have as hard a sound as 74, but it's in that direction, though brighter than 73. But for pure sweetness of sound, I don't think you can beat Spring 77 (see DP29), and 76 isn't far behind (especially DP33 and the Cow Palace) even though Jerry's guitar sound is less rich and ballsy. Fall 77 and 78 is a bit of a dropoff from Spring 77 in my book, but not much (and the Closing of Winterland set has very detailed sound).

All of that said, no 70s recording has the tangy psychedelic edge of 68 and 69, which I know if where your heart is. And much as I've enjoyed exploring the 70s Dead, the Fillmore West 69 set will always be my spiritual home.

Thanks for asking!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 28, 2007 8:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Reviews on 1974 DP's ..

Hey, thank you. I knew from your prior comments about the CP 76 show that you knew of what you speak. I have one from 77, so will double check if it is the one you mention (not at home right now). Yes, "muted" is exactly the description for some of those.

Appreciated. Singlehandedly, one post at a time, we can reclaim the forum, perhaps...

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